Gigantic Nailart FAQ

Jul 14, 2010 by

Yay time for the Gigantic Nail Art FAQ!

Thanks everyone for sending in so many questions I hope this is helpful to you all ^_^

About Nails In General…

How long do acrylics last?

  • Depending on whether they are professionally done etc they tend to last maybe 3-4 weeks then you will need to get an in fill or a completely new set. This obviously doesn’t include chips or breakages.

How long do stick ons last?

  • If you use good glue they can last around 3 weeks. I think the average for my nails is around 2 weeks.

What are the options for attaching stick on nails?

  • Depending on how long you want them to stay on you can use standard nail glue, nail stickers or double sided nail tape.

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  • http://fiona306.blogspot.com fiona06

    how do you insert and remove your contact lens when you have those super long stick on or acrylic nails?

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Hi Fiona! Rather than using the tip of my finger I use the pads where my finger print is to put in/remove the contacts. You an also buy little gadgets that look like chopsticks with rubber on the ends which make it easier. Hope that helps!

  • Ashley

    This is fantastic! One question though, do you prefer glue or nail tape? Cause it would be a shame to melt away some of those beautiful designs!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      I prefer glue but I’m a bit naughty because I just rip of the nails when I’m done.. not recommended at all but I don’t care about my natural nails so it works for me! If you get really good tape it can be really awesome though.

  • Lady


    The first nails with the purple tips are so cute! Do you think you could post a tutorial of how to make them? I’d love to try it on my natural nails!


    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Hi! Thanks very much ^_^ I might do a tutorial, thanks for the suggestion I will add it to my list. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • http://www.nakasnet.blogspot.com Naka

    great advice ^^ i cant wear false nails or nail varnish becuase of work but i found this really imformative :3 I loved a couple of your last answers too :p

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Haha thank you! I’m glad it was informative :D

  • http://merrinette.blogspot.com/ Merrinette

    very useful!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      :D Thanks!

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com trashtastika

    ‘Nails do not make you an invalid’ – bwahahahahaaa!!!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      *cheesie grin* Well I don’t know what some people think! I’ve been asked so many times about this that some people must think I live on a bead of feathers with a team of servants! Trust me, only in my dreams do half naked oily men feed me peeled grapes.

  • http://www.fablesinfashion.com Celina

    You are like the nail queen to me! that photo with the little kiwi fruit slices is so adorable!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      :D Thanks Celina! I love the little fruit slices too!

  • http://frootums.livejournal.com/ Lauren

    Awesome Faq, I have terrible nails naturally too, I nibble at them a lot! I usually have a day or two break between the nails I make (I have fruity ones at the moment to beat winter blues :<) I think the hardest thing to do with Nails on is trying to pick up small change or bobby pins off my floating floor boards, it's easier to coax my daughter to pick small things like that up for me XD That hook idea is amazing, I have little stand with blue tack on it but I've only got enough for 5 nails so I have to wait until they're dry until I do more, I think I might nick your idea and pop down to the hardware store!

    Once again Thanks a bundle, I love your posts :D (Sorry for the wall of text!)

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      No I love the wall of text! :D You are so right about bobby pins, I am lucky to have James to do that for me too XD OMG I used to have a blue tack stand too, I used match sticks with blue tack on either end! Seriously the hook thing is waaaay better and much more stable. I need to make more so I’ll do a tutorial on making them :D

  • http://wonderlandfantasmica.blogspot.com/ Miss Matched

    This was very helpful! I’ve recently (since I started reading your blog and admiring your nails) been interested in nail art and so this FAQ was most interesting.

    I just bought my first kit of fake nails and I’m going to try them very soon. My real nails always peel and chip too easily, but especially since I wash dishes.

    Congratulations on your new nail store!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks so much! I can’t wait to see how you go with the fake nails, just make sure you don’t submerge them in hot water for 24hrs after applying! That will weaken them, after that it’s fine though ^_^

  • Bec

    Hi, I stumbled across you wonderful blog while researching japanese nail art. I wanted to know where do you buy your oval shape fake nails? All I can find in Melbourne are the square ones which I’m not too fond of. Thanks!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Hey Bec! Thanks so much for commenting :D I’ve been lucky enough to find the oval ones a couple of times in Priceline but generally I just order them off ebay or in bulk from China. I haven’t found anywhere locally that can do them in bulk unfortunately. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions <3

      • Bec

        Hi Violet! Would it be too much if you could recommend some good ebay sellers or online shops that you purchase the fake nails from? Thanks so much ^____^

        • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

          Hi Bec! I don’t usually go through any particular ebay seller, because they rotate stock so much half the time you’ll find one good seller then go to order again and they have nothing! Most of the nail stores on there are all the same though, just check the feedback before you order. The Oval ones are harder to find so I just search and see what’s available and cheapest :) If there’s nothing available at the time I just buy longer square ones and then hand file them to shape. When I’m ordering from China I do so in bulk and use websites like this: http://www.alibaba.com/
          It’s in bulk though so you generally end up paying a couple of hundred dollars but you sure won’t run out of nails in a hurry haha! If you are looking for pre-decorated ones you can always check my store: http://www.violetlebeaux.com/store
          Hope that helps, let me know if you need anything else <3

  • Andrea

    Dear Violet,
    What kind of topcoat can I put on the fake nails to make the polish stay on for a long time?

    Clear nail polish has to be reapplied, and it peels after a couple of days. To keep the fake nails lasting a long time without the polish peeling, what should I put on them? Shellac?! XD

    I’ve always wanted to do my own nailart, but this question has always bothered me.

    I consider myself a nail enthusiast, (LOL!) but the hook and blue tac board is a new trick to me! It’s such a great idea, it would make painting my fake nails SO much easier! Thanks for the tip. :)

    It would be super if you could offer me any advice or suggest anything I could use to fix my nails. Thank You!

    Andrea <3

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Hi Andrea, I just use regular clear nail polish to top coat my false nails. I know some girls use gel top coats but I think that can be unnecessary depending on the design. Perhaps try another brand of clear polish? I’ve used Sally Hansen and also Revlon and I liked both of them. I’ve never had trouble with them peeling even after a couple of weeks. I’m so glad you found this post useful! I hope this helps and do let me know if you have any other questions :)

  • Andrea

    Dear Violet,
    I guess my nails got so peel-y because I used a cheap brand of nail polish. (That’s probably past its prime anyways since I can’t even remember when I bought it!) I’ll have to try a better brand next time. ^^;

    Thanks for the help.
    Andrea <3

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Hi Andrea, Oh yes if your polish is very old then that could be the reason it’s peeling :( Polishes usually only last a couple of years so I would definitely suggest a new one! No problem, very happy to help <3 Have a great weekend!

  • jade

    Hi I haven’t looked at your whole blog but I was wondering if u knew where to buy the japanese like 3D nail art as I have naturally long nails and I can only seem to find pre made nail sets with all the nice nail jewelry I already have plain jewels and fimo rods but I can’t really find the other things if u could help me out that’d be great thanks!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      You mean just small pieces of acrylic art to glue to your own nails? I’m not too sure, maybe etsy? Usually the acrylic pieces are actually made on the nails so they mold to the curve. You should be able to find a nail artist in your area who can do that for you. You can see the places I buy my supplies in my FAQ. Hope that helps!

  • http://www.violetlebeaux.com/2010/07/gigantic-nail-art-faq/ Poinsettia

    Hi Violet, I was wondering why my nails break off so eaisly and how can I prevent that. I don’t chew or do anything to them(haven’t polished them in two years!) but they always manage to look trashed and peeled, any suggestions on how to make my nails stronger?


    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hi Poinsettia! Most likely if you have weak nails it will be something to do with diet or vitamin intake. You can google vitamins and supplements to take to strengthen nails but it’s best to talk to your doctor about if it’s ongoing. I have weak nails too and changing my diet to be healthier definitely helped! Good luck :)